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Watch the Solar eclipse - live from America!

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:00 pm
by rwilkinson
The MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network will be observing the partial phases of this solar eclipse by taking images every 3 minutes throughout the entire event. MicroObservatory telescopes stationed in Amado, Arizona and Cambridge, Massachusetts will observe from the Northeast and the Southwest — giving you an opportunity to view this amazing event from both sides of the path of totality.
(From Arizona the eclipse starts around 5:15pm BST, and in Massachusetts it ends just before 9pm our time).

Anyone can follow the progression of the Moon crossing in front of the Sun by viewing eclipse images on their Recent Images page: ... eDirectory
Their preview images are .GIF, but the full FITS data for each can be downloaded too.

Re: Watch the Solar eclipse - live from America!

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:15 pm
by rwilkinson
I was following the progress of the event with the MicroObservatory's robotic telescope "Ben" in Arizona. Although the eclipse was only partial at that location, it returned a data-set of 198 (monochrome) images, which I've just processed into a colourised animation using IRIS, IrfanView and unFREEz.
Here's an MP4-compressed version:

Another of their telescopes was following the event from Boston MA, but they had some interrruptions due to cloud there.

Re: Watch the Solar eclipse - live from America!

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:21 am
by rwilkinson
And I found this record from a Personal Weather Station in Mill City, Oregon: ... 821/mdaily
which shows how dramatically the light-level dropped during the eclipse:
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